"March of Millions" nabs record ratings in Germany
Munich, 6 March 2007. The event two-parter March of Millions has nabbed record ratings in Germany. Public broadcaster ARD tallied up to 11.2 million viewers (29.5% market share) for the gripping drama about the fate of East-Prussian refugees during World War II. The teamWorx and EOS production was by far the most successful fiction TV event of the year. March of Millions, directed by Kai Wessel, also scored impressive results among the 14-49 target group and was leading the daily ratings with a market share of up to 21 %. In addition up to 2.6 million viewers saw the two-part miniseries in a preliminary broadcast by the Franco-German TV station Arte, the best Arte ratings in Germany ever.
March of Millions is the latest success of teamWorx and EOS, which racked up record ratings on German TV last year already with "Dresden – The Inferno" and "Stormtide!" "Dresden – The Inferno," the story of the Allied bombing of Dresden shortly before the end of the war, was sold so far in 95 countries by Beta Film.
Summer 1944. Countess Lena von Mahlenberg (Maria Furtwaengler) returns to her ancestral home in East Prussia to make peace with her gravely ill father. To win her father's forgiveness, Lena not only re-enters the genteel world of the East-Prussian nobility, but also assumes responsibility for the estate. And she even considers marrying Count Heinrich von Gernstorff (Tonio Arango), a high-ranking Nazi officer. Lena tries to ignore the signs of impending doom as the stream of refugees grows and the front draws ever nearer. But she is constantly reminded of the approaching catastrophe by François Beauvais (Jean-Yves Berteloot), a French prisoner-of-war working on the estate. As the two become better acquainted, Lena feels drawn to the sensitive man, and a tender but socially unacceptable romance blossoms between them... By January 1945 even Hitler's death threats can no longer keep the population of East Prussia from fleeing. Taking charge of her family and the estate's dependents, Lena leads them on a risky trek into an uncertain future.
March of Millions was produced by teamWorx Television & Film in coproduction with ARD Degeto, BR, WDR, SWR, HR, ORF, Arte and EOS with backing from FFF Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia and MEDIA+ in association with Beta Film.